VIP Camp 2015

In a celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, BIPF initiated VIP camp 2015 on April 25, 2015 at Mujaffor Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium in the University of Dhaka. Students from different universities participated in this camp. Vice Secretary Mosarof Hossain, Register of Copyright Office Bangladesh, Nobirul Islam, Editor of Unmad magazine and renowned cartoonist Ahsan Habib addressed the camp. US Department of Justice Office Legal Adviser Thomas Doharti, CEO of BIPF Hamidul Mishbah, Enterprenure Minhaj Anwar, Musician Hamim Ahmed, Photographer Amirul Rajiv and Daffordil University Law teacher Abdullah Arif also spoke at the event.

National workshop on Copyright, Creativity and Development held

A two-day National Workshop on Copyright, Creativity and Development was held on March 3, 2015 to raise awareness about copyright registrations and protection of related rights among relevant stakeholders.

Dr. Ranajit Kumar Biswas, Secretary of Cultural Affairs Ministry, inaugurated the workshop at National Theatre seminar room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

M Nabirul Islam, Registrar of Bangladesh Copyright Office moderated the event. Yoshito Nakajima, Deputy Director of Japan Copyright Office International Division and Yui Ema, Associate Officer of WIPO also attended and addressed the stakeholders at the more

M Manzur Rahman, Joint Secretary of Cultural Affairs Ministry, presented a paper on 'Recent Growth and Development of International Legal Framework of Copyright and Related Rights in Bangladesh' in the workshop while copyright expert from Bangkok Nic Garnett held discussions on 'Overview of Copyright and Related Rights: Concepts and Principles.'

The two-day long workshop was attended by eminent members of literary and creative field.

BLCPS formed to ensure artistes’ rights

Lyricists, composers and performers of Bangladesh have launched a platform named Bangladesh Lyricists, Composer and Performers Society (BLCPS) to ensure the copyright and due royalties of their creations. In a press conference held on August 25, 2014 at National Press Club, members of BLCPS informed about the platform, its intention and work schedules.

Seasoned singer Sabina Yasmin, president of BLCPS, Sujit Mostafa, chief executive of BLCPS, Hamim Ahmed, general executive of BLCPS, Ayub Bachchu, Fuad Naser Babu, Maqsoodul Haque, Shuvro Dev and other eminent musicians were present at the press conference.

BLCPS will work as a copyright society which is registered with the Copyright Office under the Cultural Affairs Ministry. It will work according to the format and convention of CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers). BIPF aided the formation of the society in the area of legal aspects.

Round table discussion on National Broadcast Policy 2014

To address the ambiguous concerns regarding the recently approved National Broadcast Policy 2014, a round table discussion was held at Lake Shore Hotel on August 12, 2014. The discussion was attended by members of the policy formulating committee, journalists, professors, lawyers and other professionals.

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu graced the event as the Chief Guest. He said the policy will serve as a guideline to the future broadcast commission and the minor confusions detected in the policy are subject to further improvement before enacting the law in this connection. He also added that stakeholders will be engaged for consultation while the government prepares the law.

The event was moderated by Robaet Ferdous, associate professor at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at University of Dhaka. The event was jointly organized by Bangladesh Copyright and IP Forum (BIPF), The Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune, in association with Kazi Farms Limited.

Engaging youth in intellectual property protection

Innovation and creativity goes hand in hand with today’s youth, hence, the knowledge and extent of intellectual property rights is indispensable for them. In this regard, to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day 2014, BIPF launched the IP Youth Camp at the Mujaffor Ahmed Auditorium in Dhaka University on April 25, 2014.

While addressing the audience, Kazi Zahin Hasan, Chairman of BIPF urged the youth to refrain from piracy and embrace open source software. The daylong camp consisted sessions of lectures, visual presentations and Q&A. Manjurur Rahman, eminent copyright expert of Bangladesh provided an extensive discussion on copyright and related rights. Barrister A B M Hamidul Mishbah, founder of BIPF took trough the audience on the various elements of intellectual property and youth engagement.

Mr. Ranjit Kumar Biswas ndc, secretary, ministry of cultural affairs was present at the workshop as the Chief Guest and gave away certificates to the participants upon completion of the youth camp.

Members of Volunteer for IP (VIP), a youth initiative of BIPF participated at the youth camp. Copyright Office, DPDT, Microsoft and EMK centre were the associating partners at the camp.

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